Category Archives: General

Earthquake Strikes Island Chain off New Zealand; No Tsunami

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck an arc of islands off New Zealand on Sunday, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it may cause only minor…

Rights Czar Visit to China Contingent on ‘Full Access’ to Xinjiang Internment Camps: UN

The United Nations is demanding unfettered access to internment camps in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) after Beijing’s envoy invited U.N. human rights chief Michele Bachelet to see…

Taiwanese Man Faces Thai Trial for Allowing Radio Broadcasts into China

A Taiwanese businessman is scheduled to face trial in Thailand’s northern Chiang Mai city next week on charges that he illegally hosted a radio station that broadcast uncensored news to…

Lao Officials Strengthen Anti-Trafficking Controls at Border Crossings

Lao authorities have recently stepped up surveillance at border crossings with China and other neighboring countries in a bid to stop the trafficking of Lao women and girls for sexual…

Twenty-three Chinese Banana Plantion Workers Deported From Myanmar

Ten Chinese nationals were deported from Myanmar last month after having been discovered illegally staying in the country in connection with their work on banana plantations in Kachin state. An…

Cargo of N. Korean Coal Adrift Near Vietnam

WASHINGTON A vessel loaded with $3 million worth of North Korean coal is now floating off Vietnam’s coast, searching for a place to dock.The Dong Thanh, a Vietnamese-owned vessel sailing…

Vietnam Steps Up Punishment of Journalists, Bloggers

WASHINGTON Carolyn Komatsoulis contributed to this reportTwenty-five members of Congress wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week to urge greater freedom of expression in Vietnam, where the one-party…

Asian Countries Fear Being Forced to Choose between China, US over Disputed Sea

TAIPEI Asian countries that pride themselves on neutral foreign policies face growing pressure to support either China or the United States in a sticky maritime sovereignty dispute, but they are…